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Informed choice in prenatal screening: How (well) do we do it?

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Close date
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
Wellington
Qualification
PhD
Department
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health (UOW)
Supervisor
Dr Sara Filoche

Overview

According to our screening guidelines, “ensuring women make an informed decision about antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions is a legal requirement.” But are women really making informed choices? the answer is - we don’t know. International evidence would suggest not. Working with women and maternity-care providers this project will undertake an in-depth exploration of the process around informed choice, asking questions about what women and providers need and how they view informed choice. This project will focus in particular on a new genetic screening technology (non-invasive prenatal testing; NIPT). This is a complex area of health care but we need to ensure the right to informed choice is being upheld.

Contact

Dr Sara Filoche
Email   sara.filoche@otago.ac.nz